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or muzzle-loader

[muhz-uh l-loh-der] /ˈmʌz əlˌloʊ dər/
a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle.
Origin of muzzleloader
First recorded in 1855-60; muzzle + loader
Related forms
muzzleloading, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For hunting large game, they use a forty-four caliber Winchester, or a forty-five caliber German muzzle-loader.

  • My own, a muzzle-loader, was discharged, but a rifle none the less.

  • The breech-loader has manifold advantages over the muzzle-loader in a wild country.

  • It was a muzzle-loader—we had no Martinis or Mausers in those days.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • It was not until 1858 that the percussion rifle, still a muzzle-loader, was generally used by the United States army.

  • I took down the old weapon—it was a muzzle-loader—and called our little English terrier Grip.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • Thus, size for size, a breech-loading gun must have greater range and penetration than a muzzle-loader.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • But for all its simplicity there were very many disadvantages attendant on the muzzle-loader.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • They were armed with all kinds of firearms, ranging from the old Queen Bess muzzle-loader to the most modern rifles.

    The Career of Leonard Wood Joseph Hamblen Sears
  • The youngsters are still not anxious to buck against the muzzle-loader in off-hand shooting.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
British Dictionary definitions for muzzle-loader


a firearm receiving its ammunition through the muzzle
Derived Forms
muzzle-loading, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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